By Sherrie Newman
IF YOU ARE an enthusiastic amateur photographer like me, you most likely have a slew
of digital photos piling up on your laptop, tablet and smartphone, but are at a loss as to how
to store and manage them all effectively. You
may also want to use those precious memories to create everything from artwork and
cards to gifts—but where to start? For advice,
I turned to Glen Hutchinson, assistant general merchandising manager of Costco Photo,
and he explained the amazing possibilities
found at both the warehouse Photo Lab and
Costco.com’s online Photo Center.
“As photography has become easier than
ever using digital technology, people are cap-
turing larger and larger treasure troves of
Costco has developed the online Photo
Center into a sophisticated service that
offers a one-stop shop for storing, managing
one’s pictures and creating cool products
from those treasured memories.
“A lot of members love the ability to
place an order online from home or office
and have the convenience of picking up the
prints at Costco while doing their shopping,” Steve says.
“Ordering prints of your favorite photos is
a breeze, and Costco provides an incredible
value compared to photo retailers,” Steve adds.
A single print starts at only 13 cents for a 4 x
6-inch photo; other size options are also
available, from 5 x 7 inches all the way up to 20
x 30-inch poster sizes. You can print single
photos or create fun photo collages that
include all of your favorite shots.
Online Photo Center puts it all at
The most effective way to use the full array
of photo services offered is to open a free online
account on Costco.com.
An account allows you to upload and manage your personal stash of images; create personal photo albums with your titles, organized
by year, which makes finding pictures simple;
and access albums that friends share with you.
You can also save print preferences, open a
list of email addresses you wish to send photos
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Creative options abound at Costco Photo Center
memories,” Glen tells me. Consequently,
“one of the biggest challenges people face is
managing the huge number of images and
organizing them in such a way that they can
access and enjoy them,” says Glen. “Costco
Photo is making sure we stay on top of trends
and products to give our members the best
Costco offers two easy options for mem-
bers to manage their photos: Photo Centers
in the warehouses and the Photo Center
online (go to Costco.com and click “Photo”).
According to Steve Pruitt, photo buyer,
almost every Costco warehouse worldwide
has a Photo Center, which provides a quick
way to get professional prints from your pictures. And, over the past several years
Counterclockwise from left: Canvas print,
Greetings by Costco 5 x 7-inch stationery
card, photo book with padded black leather
cover, photo book with custom photo cover.
Simply go to Costco.com and click
“Photo” at the top of the home page
for links to information on products
such as photo books, posters and
greeting cards, and services such as
converting home movies to DVDs and
inkjet cartridge refills; to view the
gallery of images; or to sign up for
My Photos or Costco’s mobile app.